Going into bat for the Commonwealth Park Flying-Foxes

Media Alert

22 July 2019

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is pleased to announce it will be working with expert consultants Ecosure, to develop the Commonwealth Park Grey Headed Flying-fox Camp Management Plan. The Plan will provide a framework to guide the NCA’s management of Commonwealth Park while also being committed to the protection of the flying-fox camp.

All flying-foxes are protected under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act). The grey headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) which visits Commonwealth Park is a vulnerable species and considered to be a matter of national significance under the Act.  Management of flying-foxes or their habitat must be in line with the Australian Government’s “Referral guideline for management actions in grey-headed and spectacled flying-fox camps” and the “Draft Recovery Plan for the grey headed flying-fox Pteropus poliocephalus”.

The NCA is seeking input into the Plan and its implementation in order to:

  • gauge public perception on flying-foxes and the Commonwealth Park colony; and
  • seek ideas and feedback about proposed management options.

You can contribute by participating in an online survey available through the NCA’s website from Monday 22 July 2019 until Sunday 4 August 2019.

By participating in this survey, you will help the NCA understand the community’s knowledge and views towards the management actions concerning the flying-foxes in Commonwealth Park.

WHAT:                 Grey Headed Flying-Fox Survey

WHO:                  Anyone who has an interest in Commonwealth Park, flying-foxes, or Canberra’s Biodiversity

WHERE:         Online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ncaghff

WHEN:             Monday 22 July until Sunday 4 August 2019